Agylia has conducted research into the effectiveness of traditional interactive eLearning versus online games on the topic of cyber security for the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE), part of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.
Tim Buff, CEO and Chief Learning Strategist at Agylia said, “Cyber security is a crucial and topical focus for organisations in the modern world. The research has provided a fascinating insight into how people learn and how we can utilise multiple learning formats to engage different learners.”
Agylia designed and created an online game that illustrates some of the latest cyber risks and threats faced by military and non-military organisations. The game combines elements of a multimedia role-playing game, with strategy and competitive interactions. Alongside this, Agylia produced a HTML5-based eLearning course, with a mix of text, images and animations, on the same topic.
A select audience experienced both the eLearning course and online game to evaluate the different learning techniques. Quantitative assessments and qualitative interviews were carried out to assess and compare the results. After analysing the learner experience, and the knowledge transfer and retention outcomes, Agylia reported back to the CDE with valuable research results.
The use of games and gamification is at the top of many organisations’ list of wants for their learning programmes, this research project has provided useful results on the effectiveness of the two contrasting approaches to what is a key area of concern to many organisations.
Tim added, “With highly experienced technical and educational consultants, Agylia has been involved in a number of research projects looking into the use of different learning technologies and techniques - and how they can be used to enhance the way people learn. We will shortly be releasing our findings from the Learning Technology Research Project 2016 - a programme that examined the way people interact with digital learning and support resources on their mobile phones and tablets.”
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